Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Sport
Wheelchair Rugby
How acquired
Motocross accident
Date of Birth
March 1, 1977
Home
Lara, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2003
First Competed for Australia
2009
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Glenn Archer and Adam Gilchrist

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

Representing Australia at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Bio

No one can ever accuse Jason Lees of not living life to the fullest. When he’s not playing wheelchair rugby, or ‘murderball’, he enjoys drag-racing and hitting the bush tracks in his off-road buggy.

First earning selection to the Australian wheelchair rugby squad in mid-2009, nine years after breaking his neck in a motocross accident, Jason helped the team claim gold at the 2009 IWRF Asia-Oceania Zone Championship in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Committed to making his Paralympic debut at London 2012 after watching the Steelers’ silver medal success at Beijing 2008, Jason represented Australia proudly at the 2010 Canada Cup in Montreal, the 2010 IWRF World Championship in Vancouver, Canada, and the 2011 Great Britain Cup in Cardiff, Wales.

Following the Steelers’ 51-66 defeat of rivals Canada in the gold medal match at London 2012, Jason was a part of the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a World Championship title in a four-year period, defeating the USA 59-58 in a double-overtime thriller at Rio 2016.

Renowned for being a tough competitor with an impressive work ethic, Jason brings an intimidation factor to an already imposing Australian squad.

Nicknamed ‘Banger’ for his passion for heavy-metal music, Jason enjoys watching AFL and cricket in his spare time, listing Glenn Archer and Adam Gilchrist as two of his greatest role models.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 1.0